Halftime report: Giants vs. Patriots

November, 6, 2011
11/06/11
6:57
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Here at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, both the Giants and the Patriots have yet to get on the scoreboard -- the first scoreless game going into the half this season in the NFL.

Rarely does a punter get the spotlight, but Steve Weatherford's first half gave the Giants solid field position in a half without a lot of red zone action. In the first half alone, Weatherford had six punts inside the 20 and only one was returned back to the 20.

The Patriots' offense stalled, but the Giants didn't fare much better. Brandon Jacobs was effective, with 31 yards on eight carries and 20 yards on three receptions, leading the Giants in both categories. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 36 yards on seven carries for New England.

Without a lot of scoring, the highlight for the Patriots might be bringing Jake Ballard to a dead stop after an 8-yard reception when Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes drilled him. Given New England's woes on defense this season, it might have been the tackle of the year.

The Giants' highlight would likely be Jason Pierre-Paul's sack for a loss of 4 yards. Pierre-Paul missed Tom Brady on the first try, but spring back to get him.

The Giants' offensive line had two holding calls in the first half, one on Kareem McKenzie and the other on David Diehl. Center Kevin Boothe, starting for the injured David Baas, had an ugly snap that turned into a fumble for a loss of 8 yards.

Neither team got to the red zone until, with 55 seconds left in the second quarter, a 15-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski brought up first and 10 for the Patriots at the Giants' 11 yard line. However, Brady threw two incomplete passes and a Danny Woodhead run gained just 3 yards, leaving the Patriots to try a field goal.

Stephen Gostkowski's kick sailed wide left, leaving the game scoreless at the half.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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